Hiroki Kuroda (3-1, 2.70) vs. Edwin Jackson (1-4, 7.32).
COMMENTS: Edwin Jackson, Edwin Jackson; now why does that name ring a bell? Was he that 21-year-old that we dumped in January 2006 for Danys Baez and Lance Carter? Who posted a 14-11 record for the Rays in 2008, and a 13-9 record for the Tigers in 2009? Who has only faced the team that drafted him in 2001 and nursed him from infancy once before (winning 9-4 on June 24, 2007, marking his first win of that season after starting 0-8)? Who served as the answer to 2009 PCS Puzzle #13?
There are many who lament the departure of Jackson, and there are even more who lament the acquisition of Baez and Carter in his place. But in any event, here he is, with one win in seven starts this year and a ERA+ of 63, less than half of the ERA+ he sported his prior year with the Tigers. I have no doubt that Jackson is saltier than a slice of salami and will take the mound tonight firing bullets. I hope we didn't exhaust our offensive coffers with last night's breakout performance, which gave us our first road series victory of the season.
But as far as I'm concerned, any excuse we have to reference "Action Jackson" is a win in my book. So I guess the only question left is, "How do you like your ribs?"